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Resolution Revolution

07 January 2014, by Rachael Ciccarelli

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Let me guess: it’s a new year, a clean slate and you are totally going to change your exercise habits this year (read: you are going to do some/ any at all). You’re ready to take care of yourself. You want to see some muscle tone or at the very least, would like to be able to run up a flight of stairs without having to stop halfway to catch your breath. Funny thing: I’m resolving to do the same. And I bet you and I share the same resolutions with a lot of hungover, bloated people all over the world. Why? Because we often make the resolution (often in the same breath as declaring we’ll never drink again) and then take no steps to keep it. Or take a few, very small steps and then stop for a drinks break. That’s why you promise yourself the same thing year in, year out. But 2014 is going to be different: we’re putting our money where our mouths are.

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Image sources: New Balance sneakers, $219.95, from Athletes Foot; Black Sprint short, $39.95 and Pink Line detail cami, $34.95, from Sportsgirl.

Getting into some sweet exercise gear is a great motivator: you’re far more likely to actually hit the gym if you’re wearing designated work out wear rather than re-purposed slouch around the house trackies, and you’re less likely to do harm to yourself (or your bust) if you’re repping the correct clothes. Don’t try to run in your hideously old trainers, you’ll end up with shin splints. Those dudes down at Athletes Foot are nice, they know what they’re talking about and they’ll get you in the right runners for your feet (and your exercise plans). Sportsgirl has also started a line of activewear and it is cute, functional and not overly expensive: the best of everything. Of course, the best way to force yourself into the gym is to actually acquire a gym membership: Fitness First Forrest Chase is centrally located, so there’s no going home and potentially staying home post-work, there are heaps of classes to get you started, and you can give it a try with their free pass (just sign up here: fitnessfirst.com).

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Ear candy

14 November 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

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You know the rules: more is more and nothing succeeds like excess. So you can only imagine the glee when discovered statement earrings had made their way back on to accessories racks everywhere, just in time to team with your favourite holiday caftan for the ultimate “Princess Caroline orders another Bellini, poolside” look. It’s an exciting time; not only can you wear loose, billowy clothes and drink by a body of water again, but big statement earrings are here and they’re out to make sure no lobe goes unadorned this summer.

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Image sources: Peru earrings, $12.95, from Sportsgirl; Fringe hoop earrings, $39.95, from Witchery; Chain earrings, $25, from Pigeonhole; Hoop design earrings, $12.95, from Sportsgirl; Lattice with purple jewel earrings, from Gloss Accessories.

As with anything fantastic and glittery, we have the Italians to thank for this one; specifically those scamps Dolce and Gabbana who just won’t quit making outrageously beautiful stuff for us to drool over (see: opening photograph). The look is ornate and a bit vintage. There’s definitely a sense of “discovered these antique danglers in a Moroccan souk while I was hanging out with Yves in the 70s, no biggie”; so keep your eyes out for anything in worked or ancient looking metals, and don’t forget turquoise - it’s a classic 70s stone and always looks fresh and bright under our scorching sun. The Peru and Hoop earrings from Sportsgirl have definitely got that 70s Aztec influence going on, whereas the fringe and chain earrings (from Witchery and Pigeonhole respectively) are basically a jewel version of the all-important fringe: as important to ears as it was to clothes and hair in the 1970s. The lattice earring from Gloss is a great one – touches of pretty jewel tones and worked metals, it’d give any outfit an instant glamour lift.

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Tags: Fashion, Sportsgirl, Witchery

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Searching for shades

31 October 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

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Well, I checked the barometer and it’s officially glorious outside, so you know what that means… aside from shaving your legs more often, it’s time for shades! Sunglasses are an integral part of your outfit - you’re going to reach for those little tinted lenses every time you set foot outside the house, and as far as I’m concerned, that is great news! Complete looks are all about the little finishing touches, and sunglasses are on your face – so they’re an important one. Does your outfit need to throw serious power vibes in a strong, black architectural frame? Are you heading to the beach and need something a little more colourful (and cheap, so if they get sandy it’s not a big deal)? Do you want a zany festival pair, or oversized boho specs to wear with your floaty maxi dress and sandals while you do your best Rachael Zoe? The awesome price point of fashion sunnies means that while you might like to have a good pair (you really can’t beat the quality or coverage of a pair of designer glasses), you can have glasses for almost any occasion – let’s explore, shall we?


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  1. Aside from being a majorly fashionable look, dressing is at it’s most powerful when capped off by a pair of chunky acetate cat’s eye glasses. Of course, you can wear these just about anywhere as they’re a totally classic shape (and they’ll last), but think about these and some sharp stilettos and an all-black outfit? Yeah, the Devil wears Witchery now. Luella glasses, $69.95, Witchery.
  2. Music festival and misc. bohemian activity: OK, it doesn’t get much more festive than little round tinted John Lennon glasses speckled with tiny roses, does it? Perfect for your deeply fringed t-shirt/ flower crown outfit. Freedom gold peach, $39.95, Sportsgirl.
  3. Oh, we love a pair of oversized vintage inspired glasses, don’t we? A subtle take on the super popular cats eye shape, this is a perfect every-day pair for the classic girl – anyone who loves their skirts a-line and their lips crimson will rock these out forever. Patti charcoal, $89.95, Cue.
  4. Headed to the beach and/or highway patrol? Love the reflector aviators – they’re colourful and fun so they’ll pop with your bikini, but they’re also right in tune with the fashions – reflector lenses are another key trend you’ll see popping up everywhere (if you haven’t already). Heat Wave mirror, $39.95, Sportsgirl.
  5. OK, these are the ‘love them and hold closely to you’ pair, because a) they’re by Giorgio Armani and therefore: a) are of Giorgio Armani quality b) will look good on you as it’s a softer version of the Ray Ban wayfarer shape which suits just about every face shape c) have those gold arms that are devastatingly elegant without being boring-elegant d) just rule, ok? Giorgio Armani AR8011, $390, Sunglass Hut.

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Bags of taste

18 October 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

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It's a lifelong affair of love sprinkled with co-dependency: you don't know what you'd do without your handbag, but odds are that it would include standing in the middle of the street, swearing at the sky. Just admit it - handbags are The One. You need them. You can't live without them, and unlike most traditional relationships, you can take on more than one without the others getting jealous and leaving... it's the perfect arrangement. So - let's dip into a little handbag polygamy, shall we? There's so many wonderful trends to partake in, and you only live once: you wouldn't want to regret a missed opportunity, would you?


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Image sources: 1. Annette giant leather tote, $330, from Pigeonhole; 2. Boxy backpack, $59.95, from Sportsgirl; 3. McQ by Alexander McQueen Albion white leather shoulder bag, $799, from Myer.

  1. For the indecisive girl who needs everything, all the time - and would ultimately like her bag to double as a place to sleep, it's pretty hard to go past an oversized tote like the Annette from Pigeonhole. Made from delicious, hardy leather (a necessary and resilient choice if you're going to carry your life about with you), it'll go with everything (tan) and fit anything.
  2. Thought you left your backpack days behind when you burned your maths books and vowed never to wear tan stockings again? You thought wrong, compadre - like the Backstreet boys before them, backpacks are BACK - alright! From the cute and quirky to the seriously quilted and black, backpacks are officially a major fashion girl look that you should get used to. Not only are they a sweet, youthful take on the often grown-up serious world of lady bags, backpacks are great for gals with back problems and essential for anyone who rides their bike around town.
  3. This shoulder bag? The ultimate in understated chic. I love the simple lines, the long, elegant strap (that is irritatingly not photographed but it hangs about hip height) and the whole aura of "This old thing? I've had it for years" - because after years of metal embellished bags, it's a palette cleanser. Even though I hate to refer to anything as such, this McQ bag is a classic. You'll keep it forever.

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Tags: Fashion, Myer, Sportsgirl

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